Feng Shui🏠✨🌱

Feng Shui is a pseudoscientific traditional practice that originated in ancient China. Feng Shui translates to wind-water in English. Together, wind and water represent the flow of life that one should aspire to have in one’s home. Feng Shui is supposed to govern the spatial arrangement orientation of your furniture and décor in relation to the flow of energy (Chi). Feng Shui aims to maximize the flow of “qi” (energy or life force) in the environment so that your life feels both energized and balanced.

Entryway
  • The entryway sets the atmosphere for your home so make sure it is organised and clutter-free.
  • For lighting, try to have light sources at a variety of heights for example a ceiling light as well as a lamp so the area is well-lit.
  • You don’t want a mirror in front of your entryway as when chi enters the home, it bounces off the mirror and goes back outside. Mirrors reflect energy, so place them in the home where you want to increase energy flow.
Bedroom

A Feng Shui bedroom is peaceful and promotes better sleep. The bedroom is the most important room to Feng Shui as it is where we rest, recharge and spend many hours.

  • In Feng Shui, the commanding position is one of the most important principles. This is the position of important pieces of furniture (bed,desk,stove-The bed represents ‘you’ The desk represents ‘career‘ The stove represents ‘wealth‘) (of course it is not possible to move your stove). If your bed is in the commanding position, it means that your bed is facing the door however it should not be directly in line with the door. According to Feng Shui, having a view of the door from bed without being too close to it gives a sense of safety and is favourable for relaxation and sleep.
  • Place your headboard against a solid wall. Your headboard should not be underneath the window and if possible should not be underneath a sloped ceiling. This position is to reduce the movement of Qi or energy above your head, so you will have a restful night’s sleep.
  • The three sides of the bed not against a wall. Your bed should be accessible from each side.
  • Declutter what is under your bed so Qi (life force energy) can flow freely all around and heal you while you’re sleeping. 
  • Ensure your bed has a bedside table on either side. Not every bedroom has space for two nightstands however for good Feng Shui, symmetry is important.
  • Do not keep many books in your bedroom. Try to only have books you are currently reading in your bedroom. Separate your workspace and rest areas. If you associate your bedroom with work, it will not be an area of tranquility.
  • Maximise air flow with adjustable blinds
  • A Feng Shui bedroom should not have a mirror. As mirrors reflect light, it makes the energies of the bedroom very active, or yang.  This may cause a delay in going to sleep as the bedroom’s energies must become more still, or yin. Active energy may result in restlessness and amplify worries.
Plants

Green house plants connect us to nature. In Feng Shui, plants represent life energy. Plants add freshness and vitality to your home.

Colours

Choose soothing, neutral tones. Warm colours reminiscent of skin tones, such as cream, peach, beige, yellow, coral, tan, or cocoa, are ideal on bedroom walls. Too many colours interfere with relaxation.

Space

Reduce clutter and letting go of what is not necessary to you. In Feng Shui, clutter is believed to take up valuable space that new incoming energy needs. Cleaning your workspace each day will make you feel less stressed and create a sense of order. Free the most frequent routes in your home from tripping hazards.

Doors

Three doors in close proximity is not considered good Feng Shui, especially if they touch each other when opened. Several doors cramped together is chaotic.

Windows
  • Windows are the Feng Shui ‘eyes’ of the home. Wide, spacious windows support vitality, objectivity and creativity. Windows invite fresh air into your space and the view from any window is important.
  • It is unfavourable to have too many windows in the bedroom. windows. Low windows or floor-to-ceiling windows are also discouraged.
  • Positioning a small bed next to a window is bad Feng Shui. According to Feng Shui, it is good to have more windows in the kitchen or bathroom.
  • It is best to not have too many windows at the back of the house as it weakens the home’s energy.

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DIY- Fairy Glow Jars🧚

You will need:

Mason Jars (I used 3)

Glow sticks

Scissors

Glitter (optional)

Break the Glow Sticks.

Teenage disco throwback

Cut each end of the glowstick (wearing protective lab gloves) (I also wore an apron to protect my clothes)

Allow the contents of the glowstick to drip into the jar/ shake the glowsticks in the jar.

You can mix the colours if you want. I put green into one jar, yellow& blue into the second and pink& orange into the third.

Add some glitter. Put on the lid and shake the jar so the contents of the glow stick and glitter is swirled around. Place the lid back on.

Turn out the lights!

Jo

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DIY- Christmas Pine Cone Decoration✨

Pine cone decorations are easy to make and inexpensive. I had fun collecting pinecones and making this decoration for the mantlepiece.🌳

You will need:

Pine cones (I used approximately 20) – Dry the pine cones for 24hours before using, over a heated surface such as a stove or radiator so that they open

Large vase

White paint

Glitter

Baubles

Fairy lights

Roll the pine cones in white paint, or alternatively, paint them with a paintbrush.

Place the pine cones on a page to try.

Roll the pine cones in glitter.

Place the pine cones on a page to try.

Place the fairy lights in the vase and layer tha pine cones and baubles.

𝘭♡𝘷𝘦
𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘦
𝘫♡𝘺

Merry Christmas to all of my Subscribers


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Carrot Cake Recipe🥕

This recipe is by Odlums. Today I used a 9” Square tin. This carrot cake can be baked in a square or round tin and the ingredients are listed below.

ingredients

Square Tin18cm/7”23cm/9”
Round Tin15cm/6”20cm/8”25cm/10”
Odlums Self Raising Flour225g/8oz350g/12oz450g/1lb
Shamrock Light Muscovado Sugar150g/5oz200g/7oz275g/100oz
Shamrock Sultanas125g/4oz175g/6oz225g/8oz
Grated Carrot150g/5oz200g/7oz275g/100oz
Grated Orange Rind122
Eggs356
Sunflower Oil175ml/6 fl oz200ml/7 fl oz350ml/12 fl oz
Goodall’s Cinnamon12 tsp1 tsp1 tsp
Goodall’s Nutmeg14 tsp12 tsp12 tsp
Odlums Bread SodaPinch12 tsp12 tsp
Baking Time (approx)1hr1 14– 112 hrs112– 134 hrs
Topping
Cream Cheese225g275g275g
Icing Sugar375g/12oz425g/14oz425g/14oz
Goodall’s Vanilla Extract1 tsp112 tsp112 tsp
To Decorate
Shamrock Chopped Walnuts60g80g80g

method

  • Line deep cake tin with double layer of baking parchment paper. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  • Put sugar, sultanas, carrots and orange rind into a bowl.
  • Beat eggs and oil together and stir into the carrot mixture.
  • Sieve flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and bread soda together and add to the other ingredients.
  • Transfer to prepared tin and smooth top.
  • Bake for specified time (112 hours).
  • Test the cake by lightly pressing the centre, it should spring back and the top should be golden brown. To be extra sure, insert a skewer or knife and if it comes out clean, the cake is baked. Leave in tin for 15 minutes, then transfer to wire tray to cool.
  • Make the topping by beating all the ingredients together. Always ensure cake is cold before spreading on top of cake and sprinkling with chopped walnuts.

Fam feedback:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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